Michigan Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. Our instructor lead video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

Need to obtain your applicator's license? Check out our Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Prep Course!

Online Courses

Michigan Federal Pesticide Laws (#69905D01)

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response (#69912D01)

PPE comprises the clothing and devices you wear to protect your body from contact with pesticides. Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers understand the protections and limitations of PPE. Proper PPE selection, use, and care are essential.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Pest Management (#69906D01)

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures, and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Pesticide Application Procedures (#69908D01)

Today’s pest management practices require modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides. Pesticides may be applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips. The vast array of application equipment must be matched to the pesticide as well as to the size and type of the job. To make an effective, safe, and efficient application, read the label first. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour or Core Requirements

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Michigan Pesticide Formulations (#69904D01)

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that forms an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (#69913D01)

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming non-target organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Pesticide Labeling (#69907D01)

The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. The information printed on and attached to the pesticide container is the label. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Pesticides in the Environment (#69911D01)

Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Planning the Pesticide Application (#69909D01)

Planning is essential before beginning a pesticide application. To help plan, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, choose what personal protective equipment to wear, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Michigan Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct (#69910D01)

This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored.  It is important for certified applicators to know under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products. You also need to understand the importance of communication and how to communicate with customers about what you are doing.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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State Requirements

How do I get my Michigan pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators -

  • Step 1 - you must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the private general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Registered Applicators -

  • Step 1 - You must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Complete a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) approved training program. The program must be coordinated by an MDARD approved trainer, be verifiable and category-specific.
  • Step 4 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Commercial Applicators -

  • Step 1 - You must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Pass the exam of at least one category and/or subcategory in your area of pesticide application. Additional standards and testing are required for applicators who plan to use fumigant or aerial pesticides.
  • Step 4 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Michigan pesticide applicators license?

MDARD requires that all applicators obtain the required number of credits or re-test every three years to maintain their certification. The number of credits you will need will be included on your renewal paperwork sent to you from MDARD.

Private Applicators need a total of 16 credit hours in private core requirements. Applicators with a fumigation certification will need an additional two (2) hours of credits, and applicators with an aerial certification will need an additional two (2) hours of credits.

Registered Applicators need eight (8) credits in core standards, eight (8) credits for each certification category, and two (2) credits for aerial and/or two (2) credits for fumigation if applicable.

Commercial Applicators also need eight (8) credits in core standards, eight (8) credits for each certification category, and two (2) credits for aerial and/or two (2) credits for fumigation if applicable. Note: Continuing Education/Seminar credits must be category specific and credits must be earned prior to the expiration date printed on your certificate. Continuing education/seminar credits do not carry over from one licensing cycle to the next.

Renewal Cycle: 3 years

Renewal Deadline: December 31st

Who submits my continuing education to Michigan?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Michigan have?

The Michigan Department Agriculture & Rural Development recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Private Applicator - Restricts the licensee to application of restricted use pesticides to agricultural commodities on their own property or rented property. Does not allow of compensation beyond trading of personal services between growers.
  • Registered Applicator - Restricts the licensee to application of restricted use pesticides when under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. The certified applicator must be onsite UNLESS the registered applicator is employed by a licensed pesticide business, in which case the certified applicant does not need to be onsite. Registered Applicators are not permitted to purchase restricted use pesticides.
  • Commercial Applicator - Allows the licensee to apply restricted use pesticides to properties not owned by the licensee and receive monetary compensation.

What are the categories and subcategories for Michigan pesticide licensing?

The State of Michigan currently has 24 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. Click here for a description of each classification.

1A - Field Crops
1B - Vegetable Crops
1C - Fruit Crops
1D - Livestock Pest Management
2 - Forest Pest Management
2A - Wood Preservation
3A - Turfgrass Pest Management
3B - Ornamental Pest Management
4 - Seed Treatment
5 - Aquatic Pest Management
5A - Swimming Pools
5B - Microbial Pest Management
5C - Sewer Line Pest Management
6 - Right-of-Way Pest Management
7A - General Pest Management
7B - Wood Destroying Pest Management
7D - Vertebrate Past Management
7E - Interior Plant Pest Management
7F - Mosquito Management
7G - Domestic Animal Pest Management
8 - Public Heal Pest Management
9 - Regulatory Pest Management
10 - Demonstration and Research Pest Management
AE - Aerial
FUM - Fumigation

Does the State of Michigan offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Residents of Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin may apply for certification status with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development by applying for reciprocity on the application and submitting the required fee.

Course Demo


Here is short preview from the Pesticide Labeling course.